Katya Stark

Katya Stark (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate


Supervisor: Roza Skenderova, LPC

Life is complex and confusing and therapy is a map to self-understanding. Let's go!

Client Status

accepting clients



Oregon Plaza Building

825 NE 20 Ave, Suite 250

Portland, OR 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $100-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2022

Languages: English, Русский


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare

My Ideal Client

I guide people in examining what gets in the way of making better life choices; I focus on helping my clients reconnect with their playfulness, spontaneity, and joy. I enjoy working with people willing and ready to engage in a deep and honest dialogue with me on their core beliefs and unexplored or unconscious motivations. I work with adults, couples, polyamorous relationships, the LGBTQ community, and individuals who have challenges with maintaining intimate relationships.

My Approach to Helping

I have an integrative approach to therapy which means I apply different theories depending on the client's needs. I explore how the family of origin dynamics, including relationships with parents, cultural identity, gender identity, racial identity, sexual identity, social class, and traumatic events shape one's everyday experience. I am warm, yet direct and seek to establish thoughtful and constructive interaction with clients, while also allowing them to express pain and uncertainty without judgment. Currently, I am practicing under the supervision of a somatic therapist and expanding my knowledge of body-centered therapy. I am training as a Gestalt therapist, I have completed Level 1 of Imago Relationship Therapy, and applied evidence-based techniques such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and much more.

Why I Became a Therapist

In my early thirties, I realized invisible forces were making me feel stuck and frustrated with myself and my direction in life. Subsequently, I sought therapy to help better understand myself and my emotional wounds. I found a safe place where I was heard and understood. This experience was so transformative that it motivated me to become a therapist and support others in their path toward a better life. I love connecting with people and being part of their journey towards healing, self-acceptance, and a hopeful future.

Issues I Treat


  • Anxiety External link

    I use cognitive behavior therapy, rooted in ancient Stoic philosophy, to process one's reaction to events and find creative ways of eradicating negative self-talk. I apply DBT emotion regulation skills, somatic therapy to increase mind and body connection, and Gestalt therapy to learn what unmet need causes anxiety and depression. I assign homework to clients who are interested in working in between sessions.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    As a queer-affirming counselor, I understand the extra pressures and challenges LGBTQIA+ folks face. I focus on processing religious trauma, fear of rejection, minority stress, and the negative impact of heteronormativity, cisnormativity, internalized homophobia, and minority stress on mental health. As a polyamory-affirmative counselor, I am dedicated to expanding my knowledge and counseling skills to work with people in polyamorous relationship structures.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I became interested in couples counseling after witnessing how unsatisfactory relationships negatively impact mental health and ultimately reduce the quality of life. Almost every client who seeks counseling for anxiety and depression typically feels unsafe or insecure in their relationships; or, has had difficulty finding partners to meet their needs and accept them for who they are. I have completed Level 1 of Imago Relationship Therapy clinical training.

  • Depression External link

    I use cognitive behavioral therapy for depression to identify and process thoughts, feelings, and body sensations leading to depressive mood. I apply insight-oriented therapy techniques to identify attachment injuries that negatively impact self-esteem and mood. I apply therapy worksheets, exercises, information handouts, self-help guides, and audio therapy resources to support my client's healing.

  • Gender Identity External link

    I provide affirming space to explore sexuality and gender identity and to process how that may be implicated in relationships with family, friends, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. I enjoy working with genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender-nonconforming folks and provide letters to support gender-affirming related care access.

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